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Rebuilding Britain

From our communities to our economy, from industry to our public services, Labour is committed to rebuilding Britain for the many, not the few.

We have a plan to rebuild Britain.  Rebuilding industry. Rebuilding opportunity for workers.  Rebuilding our communities.  Rebuilding our economy.  Rebuilding our public services.  Rebuilding for people, not for profit.  Rebuilding for families, not for investors.  Read more about Labour’s plans to rebuild Britain.

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From 10am – 1pm on Saturday 29 September, Pavilion Labour is hosting an Environment Action Event at St Augustine’s Centre, Stanford Avenue, Brighton BN1 6EA.  Come along to discuss how Britain can be rebuilt on the foundation of clean, alternative energy and practices which stop polluting our environment and damaging wildlife and sea mammals.  Watch the film Albatross (not suitable for under 12s) and join-in our discussion forum with Surfers Against Sewage, Friends of the Earth, Refill and Mooncup.

 

From 1pm – 3.30pm on Saturday 29 September, come out with Pavilion Labour supporters across Brighton town centre, for an afternoon campaigning about Labour’s policies for jobs and investment in housing and public services, which will rebuild our economy, communities and public services.  Like the rest of Labour nationally, we in Pavilion Labour are determined to rebuild Britain for the many, not the few.

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Different teams will be at our regular locations once our Environment Action Event has concluded at around 1pm.  Stalls will run from about 1pm or 1.30pm until 3pm or 3.30pm.

Members can contact their Branch Secretary or Campaigns Officer for more information, or anyone drop into the Labour Party office at 11 Dorset Street, Brighton BN2 1WA from 12pm – 1pm on the day.  Come along and join-in!

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#LabourAndProud

Pavilion Labour will be celebrating diversity, campaigning for equality and enjoying all the fun at Brighton Pride on 4 August 2018. 

Look out for the Labour block on the Pride parade, with friends from Pavilion, Kemptown and Hove joined by LGBT Labour, or find one of our Pavilion Labour street stalls along the London Road, or meet-up at the Labour stall inside Party in the Park. 

Labour has a proud record of championing the fight for LGBT+ equality.  Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has campaigned for LGBT+ people for over 30 years, voting consistently to support LGBT+ rights, for equality and an end to discrimination.  Let’s make Jeremy Corbyn Britain’s next Prime Minister, to replace Tory Theresa May who’s prepared to get in bed with the DUP – a party of homophobes. 

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We say no to austerity, yes to equality!  Back Labour for a Government which will deliver equality and: 

  • Develop inclusive and age appropriate Sex and Relationship Education, made compulsory for all children in state-funded schools. 
  • Equip teachers to tackle homophoblc, transphobic and bi-phobic bullying in schools, with a zero tolerance approach. 
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  • Reduce waiting times for access to hormone treatment to 6 – 9 months. 
  • Work towards universal provision of PrEP across the UK.  Protect LGBT+ asylum seekers. 
  • Instil a zero-tolerance approach to prejudice towards LGBT people within the NHS. 

This weekend we’re partying at Pride.  Every day we campaign to: 

  • Reform the Gender Recognition Act & the Equality Act 2010 to ensure they protect Trans people. 
  • Make LGBT+ hate crimes aggravated offences.
  • End austerity and stop Tory cuts to LGBT+ support services. 
  • And much more… Take a look at our promises on equality

Because we’re #LabourAndProud!

 

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Unconscious Bias

Over the next six weeks, Labour members will be meeting in local branches across Brighton & Hove, to first shortlist and then select our Labour candidates for the 2019 council elections.  Dates of all the Pavilion branches’ meetings can be found in our What’s On listings.

Our aim is for a diverse, inclusive and representative field of Labour candidates at the local elections in May 2019, including elected Labour representatives who are women, black and minority ethnic (BAME) people, from our LGBT+ community, and disabled people. One of the biggest obstacles to the representation of these under-represented groups among our elected representatives is the unconscious bias which can influence selection decisions.

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There is a risk that we can all apply unconscious bias in our shortlisting and selection decisions. Unconscious bias is something which we all have. To ensure that selections are fair and free from bias the best we can do is to consider our own unconscious bias as we make decisions. Therefore we are asking Labour members who will participate in decision-making about selections to watch two short videos:

The first is a brief three minute animation on “understanding unconscious bias” from the Royal Society, which also provides useful links to other materials, for anyone interested in doing some further reading, including this introductory briefing.

The second, fourteen minute video, “What does my headscarf mean to you?” challenges intersectional biases, including race, faith and gender in an interesting and entertaining TED talk by Yassmin Abdel_Magied.

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End Tories’ “Hostile Environment”

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Under the Tories, 63 black British citizens, members of the Windrush Generation, have been deported. Others have been denied NHS treatment, made homeless, lost jobs, refused pensions, or criminalised, and more cases still remain unresolved several weeks after the Tory Government promised ‘urgent action’ within a fortnight.  Labour would repeal the Tories’ racist ‘hostile environment’ policy and we call on its author – Theresa May – to take responsibility and resign.

 

Help write Labour’s next Manifesto

Labour’s National Policy Forum (NPF) is consulting on eight new policy documents between now and 24 June. On Sunday 29 April, our first Pavilion Policy Forum will cover four of those documents.

Sim Elliott_12.04.18NPF representative for the South East, Simeon Elliott, who sits on the Early Years, Education and Skills Policy Commission, will begin our day with a discussion of the consultation document “Towards a National Education Service” during the morning of 29 April.  We already know that Simeon has some very interesting things to say about academies, funding state education and how the Tories are getting away with SEN cuts.

Later during the morning of 29 April (10.30am – 1.30pm), we shall discuss health policy, specifically “tackling health inequalities“.  Separate discussions of “achieving the sustainable development goals” in international policy and “protecting our communities and turning lives around” in justice/home affairs follow during the afternoon (2.15pm – 5.15pm) for busy members who understandably can’t spare the whole day. 

 

Our second Pavilion Policy Forum will be on Sunday 3 June 2018.  Both events take place at Community Base (South Wing), 113 Queen’s Road, Brighton BN1 3XG.

Carol HaytonNPF representative Carol Hayton will open our second Pavilion Policy Forum on 3 June.  Carol sits on the Housing, Local Government and Transport Policy Commission, so will lead our discussion of its consultation document “Giving people the power to shape their local communities” during the morning of 3 June.

Later during that second morning of 3 June (10.30am – 1.30pm), we shall discuss the environment policy paper “A greener Britain“.  During the afternoon of the 3rd (2.15pm – 5.15pm), we shall discuss policy on “addressing in-work poverty and working-age inequality“, as well as on “the future of work“.

Joining-in at these forums is one of the different ways members can get involved in contributing to Labour’s next manifesto.  Find out more about the 2018 consultation now open, the eight policy documents under discussion until 24 June and submit your own ideas.  As Simeon advises – submit, submit, submit!

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Keep Our Ticket Offices Open!

FrontBack Thanks to everyone who has supported our campaign to Keep Our Ticket Offices Open and signed Labour’s petition outside stations around Brighton during the week of 14 – 20 April 2018.  Be assured that Pavilion Labour will not let up our campaigning to keep station ticket offices open and to return our railways to public ownership, where the needs of passengers and our environment will be put before profit.

Calling Labour Candidates!

Now is the time to put yourself forward to be a Labour candidate for Brighton and Hove City Council in 2019.

If you would like to hear more about what it means to be a Labour councillor, follow the links to watch the main speeches of Moulsecoomb & Bevendean councillor Daniel Yates, former Hove councillor Anne Pissaridou, and young London Labour councillor Emine Ibrahim from the open meeting of the LCF on 28 March 2018.  Former East Brighton councillor Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP also spoke about the joys of being able to help people and achieve changes as a councillor, how having control of services in the public sector benefits council work, how you are never alone as a Labour councillor, and why Brighton & Hove needs a majority Labour Council.

The 2019 Local Government Selection timetable can be downloaded below.  If you are interested in becoming a Labour candidate, the first step is to contact the LCF Secretary on brightonhovelcf@gmail.com for an application (“nomination”) form.  This must be completed and returned by Monday 7 May.

2019 Local Government Selection Timetable

Please consider standing to be a Labour candidate at the May 2019 local elections in Brighton & Hove. Labour’s Local Campaign Forum (LCF) is encouraging the widest range of Party members to come forward now so that all our branches have a real choice when we hold our selection meetings in the coming months.  

The LCF is looking for more applicants than ever to make sure we secure a Labour majority on Brighton & Hove City Council in 2019, to change Brighton and Hove and make life better and fairer for the many and not the few in our city. The LCF is the body which oversees the process of candidate selection, candidate support, and election campaigning. Labour wants candidates who reflect Brighton and Hove’s diversity. Our starting point is that we want as many prospective applicants as possible from all backgrounds.

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Have you ever thought of serving your community by becoming a city councillor? If so, this could be your year to apply. Being a councillor gives you the opportunity to represent local residents and groups by engaging on a regular basis so you know what the local issues are and how best to voice voters’ concerns, to promote Labour’s manifesto and improve your ward. You will also be making decisions about the policies which the Council will implement.

Find more information about being a councillor and the roles of a Labour councillor here.  Also watch this footage of Labour councillors past and present in Brighton & Hove, on varied experiences running the council and in opposition. 

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Selection of Labour candidates is a democratic process determined by Labour Party members in local branches. If you are interested in putting yourself forward, please contact the LCF Secretary on brightonhovelcf@gmail.com . (If you have already contacted the LCF Secretary there is no need to do so again.) You will be sent further information and an application (“nomination”) form, to be completed and returned by Monday 7 May.

Would-be Labour candidates will be interviewed during May.  A list of potential Labour candidates will be approved by the LCF when it meets on 3 July. During July, Labour Party branches will hold shortlisting meetings (where members decide which candidates to invite to a selection meeting) and then selection meetings during July and early August (where all shortlisted candidates speak and answer questions before branch members vote to decide the candidates they want to represent Labour in their ward in the 2019 local elections).  The LCF will meet to confirm all selected candidates in early September.

This is the final timetable, approved by Labour South East.  The most important point now is to encourage interested Party members to come forward as possible Labour candidates before the deadline of 7 May 2018.  Please do consider standing.

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Our NHS – Fix It Now!

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Earlier this month on 3 February, Labour Party members from Brighton and Hove joined health workers, trades unionists, patients, NHS campaigners and concerned members of the public, travelling up to London for another massive march in support of our NHS.

Sussex Defend the NHS organised a fantastic send-off rally outside Brighton Station, giving everyone unable to go to London the opportunity to send their support and solidarity with the marchers arriving for the early train up to the capital.

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Among other speakers from Brighton and Hove District Trades Council, health workers, the RMT and Sussex Defend the NHS, Katrina Miller (Pavilion Labour and Withdean Branch) sent our solidarity and support to Sussex Defend the NHS and the day’s marchers.  Katrina reminded us all of the damage being done to our local health and social care services by Jeremy Hunt and the Tory government and urged us to make as much angry noise as possible!  If you’re new to NHS campaigning, Katrina has suggested people read and sign this petition to find out more and get things started.

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It was a brilliant day in London and as usual hardly got any attention from the mainstream media, even though estimates of the numbers were well over 70,000.

Health Campaigns Together is already building for a massive march in London on Saturday 30 June to mark the 70th birthday of our NHS – and celebrate the tremendous and unflagging work, day in, day out, of all our health workers who are keeping services going in the face of the current dreadful onslaught of Tory privatisation policies.

Watch this space for how you can join in NHS campaign days coming up across Brighton and Hove.  Find out the devastating realities of what this Tory government is doing as it attempts to destroy our NHS as a public service – and get involved with your local Branch Labour Party.  We won’t stop fighting for our NHS until it’s saved!

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Help win East Brighton for Nancy!

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The East Brighton council by-election is on Thursday 8 February 2018.  Thank you to everyone who has helped the campaign to elect Labour’s candidate Nancy Platts during January. Now we just need one final push during these last few days, and especially on polling day this Thursday, to make sure that Nancy is elected as the next Labour councillor representing East Brighton.  If you have any spare time, please read on…

If you want to volunteer in Nancy’s campaign for East Brighton and need more information, email Alex Darby – Vice-Chair/Campaigns for Brighton Kemptown CLP – at  alex@kemptownlabour.org.uk .

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CANVASSING DOOR-TO-DOOR

The forecast is pretty good for early February but, come rain or shine, Nancy’s campaign team will be out and you can make the difference by joining-in and helping the team to reach more East Brighton voters.  With your coat, gloves and hat, and some nice comfy shoes, you’ll soon be in the swing of things, and car drivers will also be needed to ferry other campaigners around.  See you out on the campaign trail!

Nancy and the campaign team will appreciate your help this final weekend at any of these times and places:

  • Tuesday 6 Feb – from 6pm – 8pm at 3 Arlington Mews, 162 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 0AL.
  • Wednesday 7 Feb – from 11am – 3pm at the FBU Office, 11 Hunns Mere Way, Woodingdean, Brighton BN2 6AH
  • Thursday 8 Feb – from 9.30am – 9.15pm at 3 Arlington Mews, 162 Eastern Road, Brighton BN2 0AL.  If you can help on the day, please let Nancy’s team know your availability by completing this form 

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